Category Archives: Pinot Noir

RECOMMENDED: Erath 2009 Pinot Noir. 13.5% ABV, around $15.

Medium ruby. Nose of cherries, strawberry. First impression: a little hot, bright fruit, spicy at mid-palate with nutmeg. Softened as it opened up with cherry and raspberry added; could be the “hot” impression came from new oak. A good Oregon … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Pappas Wine Co. 2010 Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley. 13.4% ABV, $18.99.

Beautiful light- to medium-ruby color with luscious pink edges. Gorgeous nose of strawberry, baking spices, cigar box—and an occasional whiff of dust and blood because of the volcanic soil in the area. Juicy and succulent, balanced, lively, just wonderful. It … Continue reading

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Winemakers’ Dinner, Columbia Gorge

One of the traditions of the Wine Bloggers Conference is the “mystery bus” jaunt. Bloggers bravely board buses, blindfolded. (Not really, just had to get in that alliteration.) All we know is that we are headed to a winery, where … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Two from Veramonte, Casablanca Valley, Chile. Ritual 2010 Pinot Noir, Ritual 2011 Sauvignon Blanc. $19.99 SRP.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Ritual 2010 Pinot Noir, Casablanca Valley, Veramonte, Chile. 14.0% ABV. $19.99 SRP APPEARANCE: Clear garnet. NOSE: Deep, dark, dusky fruits. Black cherry, plum, sewing machine dust. Just a beautiful nose and I wanted to sniff and sniff. TASTE: … Continue reading

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A flight of Chamisal wines: “A Taste of Summer” new releases. Online with the winemakers,, May 24, 2012.

The soft, lovely name Chamisal, pronounced “Shah-mih-sahl,” comes from the ubiquitous shrub, chamise chapparal (chamisal), that grows prolifically and up to 12-feet tall in their area. The first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley appellation (between San Francisco and Los … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: The Crusher, 2011 Rosé of Pinot Noir, Merwin Vineyard, Clarksburg (Napa). 13.6% ABV. $10.99.

Winemakers seem to be having a lot of fun these days when it comes to naming their wines. Plungerhead, Pinot Evil, and Horse’s Ass are a few that come to mind. Fortunately, The Crusher’s name has nothing to do with … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING. Two strong recommendations, lots of education.

On November 19, we attended a wine tasting hosted by Cuvée, Ocala’s wine bar and bistro (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). The wines were presented by Tom Tiley, wine consultant with Coastal Wine & Spirits. Tom’s background includes 15 years as a Level … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Moobuzz 2009 Pinot Noir, Monterey. 13.9% ABV. $16.99/suggested retail, available for as little as $12.

MooBuzz, “from the land of milk and honey” [get it?] is indeed a laid-back wine, although there’s nothing weak about it at all. As Clark said, “It’s a serious wine, but it’s fun!” There is an emotional sweetness about it—we … Continue reading

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WONDERFUL: An evening of wine tasting: Bell Wine Cellars, with Anthony Bell presenting. At Wine & Cheese Gallery, Gainesville, FL.

On November 15, we experienced a wonderful wine tasting featuring six wines from Bell Wine Cellars in Yountville, Napa Valley, presented by the winemaker himself. Anthony Bell presented a fun and informative evening, offering us a “sense of place” indeed … Continue reading

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HaHa! From Cline Cellars.

This weekend we greatly enjoyed the 2009 Cline Zinfandel (California). Stay tuned for a review. 🙂 We also enjoyed a Cline 2008 Pinot Noir (Sonoma County) several months ago, also excellent. Frankly, everything they produce looks appealing!

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